A former Young Post junior reporter has won the inaugural Clare Hollingworth Fellowship awarded by Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC), a one-year fellowship meant to honour young journalists and journalism students.
Jessie Pang, 23, now at Reuters, was one of two winners, alongside Mary Hui of Quartz, of the fellowship. It is named after the reporter who broke the story of Germany’s invasion of Poland in 1939, which marked the beginning of the second world war.
Speaking to Young Post, Pang credited her interest in journalism as a career to her coverage of the “Umbrella Movement” for YP in 2014 when she was 18. She said she never imagined she would win.
“I kept thinking to myself how could I do something for Hong Kong at that time and I realised reporting was the only thing I know and am good at. Hence, I volunteered to help you guys and witnessed how it unfolded and ended,” Pang said.
Her experiences at Occupy followed her into her professional internship as well. “Surprisingly, my first assignment at Reuters was covering the Occupy Nine trial and my boss at work recognised me for covering the umbrella movement.
“Of course, the experience of covering the ‘Umbrella Movement’ equipped me to better cover the ongoing extradition law protests,” she said, “although this time is different, I am much better mentally prepared for what to expect on site.”
As for what she hopes to gain from the fellowship, she says “I hope I can learn the best I can from all the journalists and editors at the club during my fellowship, keep monitoring how the extradition law amendment bill might affect our industry, and encourage young aspiring journalists not to give up their dreams.”
The adjudicators of the award said the winners offer clear potential as future leaders in the journalism community. “Mary and Jessie both exemplify the qualities we were seeking in Fellows,” FCC president Jodi Schneider said.